Cloze or ‘gap fill’ questions are staple of language teaching, but they have many uses. For example:
- Vocabulary, especially in MFL
- Word suffix/prefix, e.g. in grammar or for chemical terms
- Numerical input
- Knowledge where correct spelling will be rewarded in an exam
- Where guessing would be too easy in a multiple choice question
Yacapaca’s implementation of Cloze is especially Continue reading
These are the absolute basic basics of how a “choose-one” type multiple choice question works, for new authors. Here is a typical question:
The components are: the STEM (question); typically 4 OPTIONS (aka FOILS), comprising the KEY (the right answer) and 3 DISTRACTORS (the wrong answers).
The stem (question). Make sure you Continue reading
Yacapaca has six question types, ignoring the numerous permutations. Which are the most popular with authors, and which tend to be the best-written? I recently ran an analysis of the 135,513 questions in the database.
More than half are straight multiple choice. Come on, folks – get more Continue reading